• Awards & Recognition

    About the Safety Awards Program

    The AFPM Safety Awards Program is part of a comprehensive safety program developed by AFPM’s Safety & Health Committee to promote accident prevention in the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries as well as the contractors supporting them.

    Safety Statistics & Awards Collection Guidance Document  

    Qualifications for awards are based on records from the OSHA 300A Summary and API 754 Process Safety Collection.

    The safety awards program is open to AFPM Regular Member companies, that operate a U.S. refinery or petrochemical manufacturing plant as well as AFPM Associate Member contractors. Associate members must submit their application, which must be approved by Regular Member operating facility to be eligible for an award.

    Award Descriptions

    Distinguished Safety Award

    AFPM’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Safety Award or DSA, as it is known, recognizes those member company refineries and petrochemical plants that have attained an exemplary level of safety performance in the domestic refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee represented by members of the AFPM Safety & Health Committee. It is the selection committee’s responsibility to carefully examine the safety performance records of individual plant locations using the specific screening and selection criteria detailed below.

    AWARD LEVELS

    ·         Distinguished Safety Award (Top 1-2 applicants)

    ·         Elite Gold Award (Top 1%)

    ·         Elite Silver Award (Top 5%)  

    Applicants who do not receive the DSA may be considered for the Elite Safety Gold or Silver Awards which represents the top one to five percent of industry top safety performers. These awards are presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited superior and excellent safety performance and program innovation.

    Distinguished Safety Elite Gold Award

    (Formerly The Distinguished Safety Honorable Mention)

    This award is presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited a superior level of safety performance and program innovation.

    Distinguished Safety Elite Silver Award 

    This award is presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited excellent safety performance and program innovation.

    The deadline for the DSA Application is January 29, 2016.  

    DSA Application  

    Apply for the DSA Award on the AFPM Safety Portal  

    Screening Criteria

    In order to qualify for the DSA, a facility must first pass the screening criteria as described below:

    SCREENING CRITERIA (PART A)  

    In order to qualify for the DSA, a facility must first pass the following screening criteria.

    1. A location must achieve the following requirements for the calendar year:
      1. an employee total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.3 or less,
      2. a contractor total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.3 or less,
    1. A location must have had no employee workplace related fatalities and no non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.) workplace related fatalities for the previous five consecutive years.

    A location must answer NO to the following questions to pass the screening criteria and be eligible to apply for the DSA award:

    1. Did the location experience a community evacuation or sheltering event, or worker/contractor hospitalization (admitted for treatment) during the evaluation period?

    2. Did the location experience a recordable injury where any of the following caused or contributed to the injury during the evaluation year?

    • Failure to isolate hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
    • Opening process equipment not properly prepared for maintenance
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous confined Space
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous excavation
    • Any falls from height (>4 feet)
    • Any Tier 1 of 2 Process Safety Event (PSE)
    • Contact/exposure to hazardous materials (physical and chemical)
    • h3S, HF, Hydrocarbons, Corrosives, Electricity, Radiation, Excessive Heat, etc.
    • Any crane or rigging failure

    3. Did the location have any Process Safety Events (PSE) that required notification to the National Response Center during the evaluation year?

    Selection Criteria

    After passing the screening criteria, the candidate's overall safety performance record and progress will be evaluated by the selection committee based on the applicant’s written application.

    Previous DSAP Winners  

    Previous DSAG Winners  

    Meritorious Safety Performance Award

    Recipients must achieve an employee total recordable incident rate of 0.6 or less at their site for calendar year 2015.

    A facility will be excluded from receiving this award if it has any of the following (based on API 754 definitions):

    • a Process Safety Event (PSE) that resulted in a days away from work case or a restricted/transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor.
    • a PSE that resulted in a fatality of a third-party individual,
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community evacuation
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community shelter-in-place
    • any workplace fatality of an employee or non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    A site that applies for this award has the option of purchasing an award banner at the cost of $100.00 for each banner. The site will be invoiced upon receiving the award in May.

    Award for Safety Achievement: 1,000,000+ Employee Hours

    Recipients must have worked 1,000,000 or more employee hours without a DART case (Days away from work, restricted, or transfer) of an employee - or - workplace related fatality of an employee on non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    A facility will be excluded from receiving this award if it has any of the following during the evaluation period (based on API 754 definitions):

    • a Process Safety Event (PSE) that resulted in a days away from work case or a restricted/transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor.
    • a PSE that resulted in a fatality of a third-party individual,
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community evacuation
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community shelter-in-place
    • any workplace fatality of an employee or non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    The evaluation period for this award does not have to encompass an exact calendar year or an even million hour increment. For example, an award may be presented for 1,235,792 hours from February 10, 2014 to December 5, 2014. Please note that the intention of this award is to recognize achievements in 1,000,000 hour increments and therefore, awards are only presented to those facilities that have reached the next million hour threshold. In other words, a facility that received an award at last year's banquet for 1,200,000 hours worked and then worked an additional 500,000 hours lost employee workday involving days away from work, restricted, or transfer cases, would not be eligible for an award this year since a cumulative total of only 1,700,000 hours was reached. A cumulative total of at least 2,000,000 would be required to receive the award again.

    A site that applies for this award has the option of ordering hard hat decals at no charge in increments of 50.

    Award for Safety Achievement: 1+ Years

    Recipients must have worked one or more years (365 consecutive days) without a DART case (Days away from work, restricted, or transfer) of an employee - or - workplace related fatality of an employee on non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    A facility will be excluded from receiving this award if it has any of the following during the evaluation period (based on API 754 definitions):

    • a Process Safety Event (PSE) that resulted in a days away from work case or a restricted/transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor.
    • a PSE that resulted in a fatality of a third-party individual,
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community evacuation
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community shelter-in-place
    • any workplace fatality of an employee or non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    The evaluation period for this award does not have to encompass an exact calendar year. For example, an award may be presented for 1 year without a lost employee workday involving days away from work, restricted, or transfer cases from October 10, 2015 to October 9, 2015, etc. Please note that awards are given for 365 day intervals only. In other words, an award for one year and 5 months would not be granted.

    A site that applies for this award has the option of ordering hard hat decals at no charge in increments of 50.

    Exclusion Criteria for Safety Awards

    A facility will be excluded from receiving any AFPM Award if it has any of the following during the evaluation period (based on API 754 definitions):

    • a Process Safety Event (PSE) that resulted in a days away from work case or a restricted/transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor.
    • a PSE that resulted in a fatality of a third-party individual,
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community evacuation
    • a PSE that resulted in an officially declared community shelter-in-place
    • any workplace fatality of an employee or non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.)

    A Process Safety Event is an unplanned or uncontrolled release of any material, including non-toxic and non-flammable materials (e.g. steam, hot condensate, nitrogen, compressed CO2 or compressed air) from a process.

    Consequence

    Excluded from Safety Awards

    an employee, contractor or subcontractor "days away from work" injury and/or fatality

    Yes

    a hospital admission and/or fatality of a third-party

    Yes

    an officially declared community evacuation or community shelter-in-place

    Yes

    A fire or explosion resulting in greater than or equal to $25,000 of direct cost to the Company

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the fire or explosion.

    A release of material greater than the threshold quantities described in Table 1 of the standard in any one-hour period

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the release.

    A pressure relief device (PRD) discharge to atmosphere whether directly or via a downstream destructive device that results in one or more of the following four consequences:

     

    - liquid carryover;

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the release.

    - discharge to a potentially unsafe location;

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the discharge.

    - an on-site shelter-in-place;

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the discharge.

    • public protective measures (e.g. road closure);
     

    Yes

    • and a PRD discharge quantity greater than the threshold quantities in Table 1 of the standard in any one-hour period
     

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the discharge.

    • a release of material greater than the threshold quantities described in Table 1 of the standard in any one-hour period
     

    Excluded if there was a fatality, days away from work case, restricted and transferred case of an employee, contractor, or subcontractor resulting from the release.

    Contractor Award for Meritorious Safety Performance

    This award recognizes maintenance contractors working a minimum of 20,000 hours per calendar year at a regular member facility which has achieved a total recordable incidence rate of 0.6 or less with no workplace related fatality during the calendar year. The contractor’s application must be approved by a regular member facility after the OSHA 300A Summary log information has been submitted.

    Every nominated contractor company at a facility eligible for a Contractor Merit Award will receive a mounted certificate and the option of purchasing a 4x6 nylon banner for $100.